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2021 Yamaha XT250 [Model Overview]

2021 Yamaha XT250

2021 Yamaha XT250: Built For Fun On & Off The Road

The 2021 XT250 is another notch on the belt for Yamaha Motorcycle’s longest-running, most reliable, most durable, most-insert-your-adjective-here dual-sport motorcycle. First introduced back in 1980, the bike has only gone through two changes, with the latest third-generation bike coming to be in 2008. Basically, it’s Yamaha putting money behind the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

For the 2021 model, the little XT250 continues to have a 249cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, 2-valve single that puts out 19 HP and 14 lb-ft of torque, and is one of the marvels of Japanese engineering. Unless you seriously try, it is nearly impossible to break the engine. The term “bulletproof” is almost doing it a disservice.

In terms of the rest of the bike, the XT250 is ready and willing to get off-road as soon as you even glance at a bumpy trail. This is through the serrated footpegs for extra grip, rubber covered brake and clutch lever boots to keep out rain and mud, and a low, long seat that wouldn’t look out of place on a Yamaha motocross bike. Suspension is also ready to go, with a 35mm fork up front with 8.9 inches of travel, and an adjustable link monocross suspension at the rear with 7.1 inches of travel, combined with ground clearance of 11.2 inches.

The 2021 Yamaha XT250 starts at $5,199 USD / $5,499 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Yamaha XT250 in one place.

2021 Yamaha XT250

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $5,199 USD / $5,499 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Time-tested durability and reliability
    • Simple mechanicals means that repairs, if needed, are simple to do
    • Electric starter

Main Specs

  • Engine Type:  249cc air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve
  • Horsepower: 19 HP
  • Torque: 14 lb-ft
  • Wet Weight:  291 lbs (132 kg)
  • Seat Height: 32.7 inches (830 mm)

2021 Yamaha XT250

2021 Yamaha XT250 Specifications

From Yamaha


Engine 249cc air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve
Power 19 HP
Bore x Stroke
74.0mm x 58.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI)
Starter Electric


Clutch Multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain


Suspension Front
35mm telescopic fork; 8.9-in travel
Suspension Rear
Single shock, adjustable preload and rebound damping; 7.1-in travel
Brakes Front Single disc, 245mm
Brakes Rear
Single disc, 203mm
Tires Front
Tires Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
2.6 gal / CA model, 2.4 gal
Color Radical Gray


TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length
84.6 in
Overall Width 31.7 in
Overall Height 45.7 in
53.5 in
Ground Clearance
11.2 in
Seat Height
31.9 in
Wet Weight
291 lb


Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2021 Yamaha XT250

2021 Yamaha XT250 Features


Advanced Long-Travel Suspension
Long-travel suspension and more than 11.2 inches of ground clearance live under a seat that’s only 31.9 inches from the ground.
Modern Fuel Injection
The XT250’s fuel injection offers smooth throttle response and easy starting in nearly all conditions.
Convenient Electric Start
Electric start makes firing up the 249cc four-stroke effortless.
Dual Disc Brakes
245mm front disc and 203mm rear disc brakes combine to deliver superb stopping power on both paved and unpaved surfaces.


Reliable Four-Stroke Motor
249cc air-cooled four-stroke with 9.5:1 compression makes for great on-and off-road performance.
Modern Fuel Injection
The XT250’s fuel injection offers smooth throttle response and easy starting in nearly all conditions.
Advanced Cylinder Design
A light and strong forged piston inside a plated cylinder helps dissipate heat more efficiently, increasing both performance and durability.
Responsive Power
A light crankshaft provides quick, responsive power.
5-Speed Transmission
Wide-ratio five-speed transmission provides maximum power and performance in a wide range of terrain and conditions.
Efficient Intake Design
The XT250’s straighter intake tract improves performance.
Convenient Electric Start
Hassle-free push-button electric starting adds extra convenience and reliability.
Trail-Ready Chassis
The engine is mounted high in the frame for incredible 11.2 inches of ground clearance.
Low Maintenance Engine
Automatic cam chain tensioner means minimal maintenance and longer engine life.


Strong, Compact Frame
A semi-double-cradle steel frame achieves a lighter, nimbler feel through greater mass centralization. Greater lateral and torsional rigidity and reduced weight of the lower frame parts help produce light, stable handling.
Advanced Long-Travel Suspension
The front fork has 8.9 inches of travel to soak up the rough stuff, both on- and off-road while an aluminum lower triple clamp keeps the weight down.
Nimble Steering
The maximum turning angle of the handlebar is 51 degrees—almost like a trials machine. Combined with a short wheelbase of only 53.5 inches, the XT250 has a super-tight turning radius for excellent maneuverability.
Linkage-Style Shock
A rear shock provides 7.1 inches of wheel travel through a progressive Monocross® linkage system for a smooth ride.
Dirt-Ready Wheels
21-inch front and 18-inch rear aluminum wheels are extremely durable and reduce unsprung weight for enhanced suspension performance and handling.
Generous Ground Clearance
11.2 inches of ground clearance means you’ve got serious off-road capability.


Advanced LCD Instruments
Multifunction digital LCD instrument panel with cool green background lighting is easily visible day or night. It also removes unnecessary weight from the handlebar for light, precise handling.
Extended Fuel Range
The stylish gas tank holds a full 2.6 gallons for long-range riding.
Comfortable Saddle
The long, thick seat creates a balanced riding position for optimal movement and comfort.
Protective Fenders
The durable and wide front fender is designed to keep mud and dirt off the rider when exploring off-road.
Frame-mounted passenger foot pegs provide two-up riding capability.
Bright Illumination
Enduro-style, 60/55-watt halogen headlight features a cool 133mm lens for excellent visibility at night.
Dual Sport Lighting
Flex-mounted turn indicators offer great durability against breakage.
Fork Protection
Durable fork boots help prevent rocks and debris from damaging fork sliders.
Forest-Friendly Exhaust
A spark arrestor makes the XT trail-ready.
Modern Battery
Dependable, low-maintenance battery.

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